Datacenter Engineering Principal Electrical Engineer - APAC

Posted 16 May 2023
Job type Permanent
Discipline Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Company's Benefits

  • Leadership Development Program

    Leadership Development Program

  • Mentorship Program

    Mentorship Program

  • Paid Parental Leave

    Paid Parental Leave

  • Return to Work Policy

    Return to Work Policy

  • Childcare Facilities

    Childcare Facilities

  • Flexible Working Arrangements

    Flexible Working Arrangements

  • Breastfeeding Rooms

    Breastfeeding Rooms

  • Sponsorship Program

    Sponsorship Program

  • Coaching Program

    Coaching Program

  • Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

    Raise Numbers Of Women In Leadership

  • Internal Women's Networking Group

    Internal Women's Networking Group

  • Equal Pay Initiatives

    Equal Pay Initiatives

Job Description


Microsoft Cloud Operations and Innovation (CO&I) is the team behind the cloud.  Within CO&I, the Datacenter Engineering (DCE) team is responsible for delivering core datacenter infrastructure for Microsoft’s cloud business. The MS portfolio consists of complex, multi-disciplinary, large scale, multi-year datacenter construction and lease projects. We are looking for a passionate, high-energy, motivated and dynamic individual to help build the cloud datacenters that power the world’s largest online services. 

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.



The ideal candidate will be an Electrical Professional Engineer with expertise in High Voltage and Data Center electrical engineering, responsible for the design development of High Voltage Substation and related Data Center infrastructures within APAC. A team player able to work in a multi-disciplined engineering team designing Microsoft Data Centers globally and possesses the skills to work in a fast-paced multi project environment. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in power generation, transmission, and distribution topologies. Having a firm understanding of the high voltage substation, high voltage systems, and electrical distribution system design for mission critical applications, alongside sequence of operation and monitoring of all datacenter electrical control systems.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in electrical engineering

  • Professional Engineer in Electrical Engineering

  • A minimum of 15 years’ experience in design & engineering with power systems, mission critical electrical design with focus on HV designs of large scale and complex electrical engineering systems (Refineries, Datacenters, Semiconductors are some examples of relevant industries).

  • Excellent technical knowledge of HV substations, HV primary assets and secondary systems.

  • Detailed understanding of mission critical HV, MV and LV electrical equipment, system modelling, protection schemes, grounding and bonding and building services.

  • Electrical trade background preferably with knowledge and experience in power generation and HV/MV/LV electrical equipment will be an advantage.

  • Knowledge of codes and requirements across APAC region.

  • Ability to drive designs through development, construction and deployment of data center equipment and facilities

  • Ability to lead a team of engineers in advanced engineering, operational processes and procedures relating to large data center environments.

  • Highly motivated and dependable individual as a team player

  • Flexible, and organized to manage workload to meet deadlines.

  • Analytical and excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to perform complex business case analysis to justify technical decisions.

  • Ability to work across different teams such as design, delivery, and operation teams.

  • Candidate must possess strong written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail and maintain high quality standards.

  • Ability to prepare and present using MS office packages.

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to, the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.




The Datacenter Engineering Principal Electrical Engineer will be part of the team responsible for the development of Microsoft’s industry-leading datacenters in APAC. We are looking for an Electrical Engineering expert to design, develop and continuously innovate designs and solutions for High Voltage substations, systems and related infrastructure to build the cloud datacenters that power the world’s largest online services. 

The successful candidate will be a Subject Matter Expert in the High Voltage (HV) engineering field. The individual shall have hands-on electrical design experience in HV substation design, understand datacenter system design, and be familiar with construction, commissioning, and operation. This individual will provide key inputs to other organizations and stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an experienced HV electrical engineer whose primary focus will be on HV substations, HV assets and systems, while the secondary focus will be on datacenter electrical system designs. Both areas of focus will cover design and engineering, specifications, equipment submittals, support to construction, commissioning, and operations. The candidate will develop and review designs, defining specifications, review and validate equipment submittals, coordinating the delivery of the HV substation designs, complex datacenter electrical system designs, power distribution systems and backup emergency power systems within APAC. This individual will be responsible for managing hired consultants and suppliers, making sure they engineer and design to Microsoft standards.

The HV Electrical Engineer will be responsible for the following:

  • Collaborate with global electrical team to understand requirements for the HV substations, datacenter (DC) electrical designs from basis of design (BOD) to issue for construction (IFC) for new DC builds.

  • Be a leader and work within the regional team to understand user requirements and support Microsoft’s data centers.

  • Lead and direct consultants in the design and coordination of the HV substations, data center electrical systems, backup emergency power systems with other disciplines for our datacenter builds.

  • Lead electrical work groups with representatives from consulting firms along with key stakeholders within Microsoft. 

  • Support the Site Selection team by validating electrical infrastructure arrangement, HV substation footprint and identify power availability risk during site due diligence and test fit.

  • Critical data center equipment design including HV substations, HV primary assets and secondary systems, site wide MV/LV infrastructures, Diesel Generators, Uninterruptible Power Supplies, Automatic/Static Transfer Switches, Switchgear, Transformers, Switchboards and Earthing.

  • Manage all electrical designs during the design, equipment procurement, bidding, manufacturing, delivery, installation, and commissioning phases. Identify and resolve issues raised by the delivery teams and various stakeholders.

  • Develop and manage regional HV design topologies and specifications, detailing of drawings, review system study analysis, calculations, and sequence of operation for HV system and datacenter electrical system.

  • Review and validate equipment submittals.

  • Work with the Microsoft Energy team to define site utility and substation requirement with local utilities, lead technical review with utility providers to complete reliability and feasibility studies.

  • Work with the Microsoft Procurement team, regional vendors and manufacturers, and global/regional engineering teams to deliver the electrical solutions required for the projects.

  • Work with the Commissioning team to test and validate installation, operation and performance of electrical systems.

  • Assist the Operations teams with electrical solutioning by providing expert opinions on electrical systems.

  • Assist partner teams to review the electrical infrastructure upgrading/retrofitting scopes to raise site utilization.

  • Ability to work on concurrent projects in multiple geographical locations within APAC.

  • Travel to sites for site review, engineering evaluations, technical support and startup as needed.

  • Travel for “Factory Witness Testing” on equipment and engineering vendor interaction in the design process, as well as final commissioning of the installed systems.

  • Passion for engineering, enjoys innovation and “out of the box” solutions.